Someone recently told me I was an empath. I’d heard that before so, this time I decided to look up. Research it in further depths. Look up older definitions of the word because meanings of words have changed down through the years. I decided to go back as far as five hundred years ago. Predating the Age of Exploition, I meant Exploration, or some call it the Age of Expedition. I find it’s amazing the definition somewhat changed around about this time to what we know it as today.
In recent years it has become a fixation with fantasy work that’s why I decided to try and discover exactly what it is?
According to older texts a real empath is a person with the supernatural or paranormal ability to feel, apprehend the mental or emotional state of another and sympathizes with their plight. Its’ a gift from God, it’s not something one can merely acquire because they think it’s cool to have or think their way into being. Sympathy is what they have in mind when people assumed it’s something you think your way into or train your emotions to feel.
Their great sympathy for others pedals them into action not just merely feeling sorry and moving on as the word is said to mean today. It’s part of the gift of charity.
While reading the books on saints which I did for research of my series I learned empathy was commonly listed as one of the saints’ emotional attributes along with compassion and passion.
Passion didn’t have one definition five hundred years ago as it does today. Passion meant anything one had a fervent desire for or to do.
An empath feels the other person’s actual pain and suffering not just sympathizes with them.
It stated that there are various degrees of empath. Some are stronger and more sensitive to those around them than others. Some of the stronger ones has been recorded as absorbing the person’s pain unto themselves. It didn’t kill them because they had another gift called the Gift of Endurance.
Many, especially the stronger ones lived a reclusive life due to the overwhelming pressure of feeling and bearing the suffering of others.